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1, 2000 district, state other Page A9 finishes nOW team at Page A9 District Champions LEFT: Lauryn Jones indicates what place her team finished while the team celebrates holding their strands of net. BELOW: Kayla Burt takes a victory snip after beating Monroe 47-41. Globe Globe a to COver nlty and Slasm for SOlid g 435- at P.O. WA !by the )ic. in9 Club the Dan to in the ding rnprov_ E Eagles' team play wins district championship b~ Scott Morris~ .......................... The Arlington Times MARYSVILLE -- In the first meeting this season between Monroe and Arlington, the Bearcats led late in the game only to watch Arlington point guard Kayla Burt burn them with big shots. In the second meeting, Monroe led by four with 23 seconds left but were foiled again by Burt's 37 mints, including two e last-minute bombs that sent the game into overtime and another Arlington victory. Coming into Saturday's third rematch, this time for the district championship and a first seed in the state tournament, the Bearcats were sure that they'd found a way to stop Burt's scoring. Amazingly, they did. But they lost another one to the Eagles in the process. Arlington beat Monroe 47- 41 to wrap up the district championship with a sound team victory. Not many people would have wagered on Arlington had they known Burt would only score seven points, about a third of her average. But Monroe's constant double teams on Burr out of a 1-3-1 zone came with a price -- the middle opened up, and Eagle point guard distributed the rock accordingly. Arlington senior post Lauryn Jones led by example, sinking a team-high 13 points. She also snared nine rebounds and even ran the "... I'm not going to trade her for anybody." MIKE BUCKHOLZ Arlington bead coach talking about Kayla Butt point briefly in the first quarter after Burr sat out with two early fouls. Senior guards Kim Guadalupe and Stacia Orr also took up the slack on offense with 11 and nine points respectively. On defense, they took turns stifling Stanwood's choice for the state's best p~int guard, Fauziya Muhammad, who finished with just seven points. "I guess other teams don't have confi- dence in us [besides Burt], but that's great, 'cause we do," Jones said. Her counterpart in the post, Megan Toth, reveled in the team's first championship net-cutting ceremony. "It feels awesome," Toth said. "Kayla was the one that made it open for us in the mid- dle. They were double-teaming her, and she just dished lhe ball." As in the previous games, Arlington had to come from behind to win. But the Eagles were less dramatic this time. Down 35-30 after the first bucket of the fourth quarter, Arlington climbed back. Burt found backup center Shauna Cort open inside for a layup. Cort was spelling Toth, who had accu- mulated four fouls guarding Monroe's imposing 6-3 cen- ter Nicole Pewitt. Burt cut the lead to one off a pullup jumper on the fast break after Guadalupe blocked a Muhammad shot. The Eagles tied the game at 38-38 on a fast break that Burt assisted to Orr. Cort gave her team the lead for good with a nice putback that brought the Arlington bench to its feet and caused a Monroe timeout. "Shauna Cort -- those are big hoops," Jones said after the game. "She did a great job. Having caught up thanks in part to a more aggressive man defense, Arlington SCOl11" MORRIS The Arlington Time~ Stacia Orr Illl laces up against Fauziya Muham- mad (with ball). now lulled Monroe's offense off-balance with a zone. It worked -- the Bearcats were whistled with a travel as the shot clock expired. "We gave them a zone look in the first half to change it up," Arlington head coach Mike Buckholz said. "Then when we strug- gled we got back to man. Then we decided to go back to zone at the end to see if they would adjust." Both teams went cold from the field, but Orr hit two free throws and Toth sank one of two for a 43-38 lead. Then Jones found Toth with a nice pass inside, and Toth nailed a tough shot in traf- fic for a 45-38 lead with 54 seconds to play. Monroe never recovered. The deciding run in the first half also came when Monroe went cold against Arlington's zone. Sparked by a confident 3- pointer from Jones, the Eagles zoomed ahead by nine behind a 14-2 run in the sec- ond quarter. Jones scored the first nine points of the quarter for Arlington on a spin move at the post over Pewitt, a drive and a putback as well as the trey. Monroe cut the lead to 22-18 by halftime. Monroe turned the tables with an 11-0 run as Arlington went cold in the third quarter. The only surprise about Arlington's comeback was that they started early and didn't rely on Burt to bail them out. "I think Monroe did a pret- ty good job to shut her down," Buckholz said. "I credit our bench kids with the win. Sta- cia Orr and Shauna Cort hit a couple of big baskets." Buckholz also praised Burt for not getting frustrated offensively and instead dis- tributing the ball to her open teammates. "She may not be the best point guard in the state," he said wryly, "but I'm not going to trade her for anybody." Maybe they should've lost? After winning the district championship, Buckholz hoped to reap the reward of avoid- ing having to play a top-ranked team right away in today's first round at state. Those hopes were dashed Sunday when the brackets were announced. Out of 16 teams left, Arlington's immediate fonr-team bracket has four of the top six teams in the state. The fifth-ranked Eagles (21-2) face sixth- ranked Blanchet (22-5), with the winner tak- ing on either fourth-ranked West Valley (22- 3) or top-ranked Bellevue (23-2). Buckholz said some of these teams were upset in their district tournaments, which is how Arlington got stuck with them. Monroe faces Centralia (17-7). Hmm ... his is first in :r off-night against to ceo also He in a12- lOS- all I the take info !g. Scott Morris The Arlington Times MOUNTLAKE TERRACE -- Fight- hag for a first seed at this week's state tournament, Darrington was disappointingly almost never in the game against Seat- tle Christian in Friday night's tri-district third place matchup. Seattle Christian leaped out in front 7-0 and never looked back, stuffing the Loggers 49-28. Considering how hot Seattle Christian started out and how cold Darrington was, the Loggers were lucky only to be down 19-10 at half- time. An offensive rebound and put- back from the elbow by Jason Massingale had closed the gap to 14-10 with three minutes left, but Darrington squan- dered the opportu- nity. The momentum was definitely theirs when the Loggers forced a The cruel state seeding follows a cursed pattern for the Loggers. jumpball, but Seattle Christian kept possession and squelched the rally with a zonebusting 3-pointer and a turnover converted to a 4' layup. Desperately needing to score first and get things rolling, Dar- rington instead gave up a layup and a 3-pointer to go down 24-10 to start the second half. Senior guard Todd Wright then ignited Darrington's best run with a 3-pointer. Josh Padgett followed with a steal in the press and a layup to cut the lead to 24-15. Padgett then zipped an assist to Brandon Boyd on the break. Boyd's running finger-roll fell and he drew a foul for a three-point play, forcing a Seattle Christian timeout with 3:39 left in the quarter. Playing aggres- sive man defense, Darrington tried to keep things rolling. Senior center John Fromong swatted one shot, but Seattle Christian stopped the upsurge with a well-timed trey. Darrington stayed even until Seattle Christian buried another deep backbreaking bomb to pull ahead 33-22 with 50 seconds left. A turnover gave Seattle Christian the last shot -- a nice shake-and-bake, stop- and-pop that fell for a decisive 35-22 lead after three periods. Seattle Christian showed disciplined passing, starting its game of keepaway with six minutes to play. As Darrington extended its frantic defense, Seattle Christ- ian just waited for the back door. The most Darring- ton could muster from then on were consecu- tive 3-pointers from Boyd and Andrew Grimmer that cut the lead to 13 with 2:34 left. The loss marked Darrington's first back-to-back defeats all sea- son, ending a 17-game winning streak. Combined with a humbling loss to another Chinook League powerhouse, King's, last week, Darrington's glimpse of the step $co11-1r l~!1111$. The Arlington Times Josh Padgett (1 2) sets the offense against Seattle Christian. up from Class B to Class A has been sobering so far. Darrington plays in the first round of the state tournament at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Tacoma Dome against Toutle Lake, the state's first-ranked team. The cruel state seeding follows a cursed pattern for the Loggers. Last year, Darrington had to upset second-ranked Valley Christ- ian in front of a hostile crowd in the first round. In '98, #1 Valley t. prevailed. In '97, Darrington upset #1 Toutle Lake (yep.) Now, DHS hopes for a 3-peat.